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Adversity, Trauma and Resilience in Schools

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include things such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect, caregiver mental illness and violence within the home.

The more ACEs a child experiences, the higher their risk of poor short term outcomes during their time at school. These can also lead to a wide range of longer term negative physical and mental health impacts.

Children who are experiencing, or have experienced ACEs, may need additional support for their emotional availability to learn. There is a district wide ACEs working group focusing on Adversity, Trauma and Resilience in schools. They are developing a trauma informed, whole school approach, information will be added to the Resources section as it becomes available.

Spotlight Programs

Child to Parent Violence Support Project (Free)

Provided by: JAMES and Brathay

JAMES and Brathay are working in partnership in a newly funded 2 year project to deliver 5 courses a year of child to parent violence. Enough is Enough is a mirror programme that supports both child (11+) and parent where there has been aggression or violence in the home. We are open to delivering this in schools as well as at our bases and online.

Tel: 07814797711

Free Sexual Violence Prevention Workshops (Free)

Provided by: Bradford Rape Crisis

Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service offers participatory, age-appropriate, evidence-based workshops by Specialist sexual violence prevention facilitators:

• Create safe and supportive classroom spaces.
• Increase students’ understanding of gender stereotypes (processes and impacts.)
• Support young people to develop their critical thinking skills and media literacy.
• Increase understandings of consent and how to seek, give and not give consent.
• Enable students to recognise different kinds of abuse.
• Encourage students to challenge sexism and sexual bullying amongst their peers where possible.
• Help students to develop skills for healthy relationships.
• Ensure students know where they can seek help.

Tel: 0800 448 0710

Dedicated Resources

Getting started with a trauma informed approach in schools

A short video clip on the from Edutopia, their description detailing that when teachers use strategies tailored to children who have experienced trauma, all students reap the emotional and academic benefits.

Mental health crisis toolkit

The Crisis Tools learning sits on a new publicly open website - www.crisistools.org.uk and are presented in video and text format with accompanying downloadable guides. The four Crisis Tools learning content covers:

1. What we need you to know? - outlines key challenges and strategies that individuals need to know before they begin their interaction with a young person in crisis.
2. How to start the conversation. – features practical tips to help set up for success and build trust when supporting a young person in-person, over the phone or online.
3. So you want to talk about risk? – explores the risk conversation from a young person’s perspective, including how to get the conversation back on track when things go wrong and practical approaches.
4. How to wrap things up. – covers key tips and strategies to help end a conversation in a collaborative way that feels safe for everyone.

Who is the resource for?
The learning resource can be used by:

• mental health staff who may encounter young people in a crisis, this will include a multi-disciplinary staff group incl. non-clinical roles
• individuals working in other health and care settings such as primary care, urgent and emergency care
• individuals working in emergency response settings
• individuals working in any education settings
• students and learners who will work and are working with young people